Ashley Pilipiszyn is completing her MA in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. Her main research interests are global health, environmental security, energy diplomacy, and sustainable global cities. She is conducting field research in Los Angeles this year for her thesis, “The Foreign Policy of Global Cities: Sustainable Security Strategies,” with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. She will use this research towards a joint PhD with the University of Geneva, UCLA, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Before moving to Switzerland, Ashley was at Harvard University studying biotechnology and public health in relation to climate change while conducting research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Health Policy Institute. She has spent the past three years as the Business Development Coordinator for Student Energy Inc., a global non-profit creating the next generation of energy leaders, where she has helped in organizing international summits, coordinating partnerships with the UN Post-2015 Agenda, and organizing events for COP21. She has spent the past year at the Director of Partnerships & Fundraising for the Geneva-based social innovation association, Just Innovate and is currently helping launch a new environmental and energy security platform with UNEP and the University Geneva, called ENVSEC. She was also selected as a participant for the 2015 The Port Hackathon at CERN where she worked on humanitarian technology-related benefits to society. Ashley is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is a Regional Council Representative for the Shape Sustainability Initiative.
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